Brandy Bottone, 32 years old and in her 34th week of pregnancy, was arrested on June 29 on a fast lane by a police officer who fined her, believing that she was traveling alone in her car.
She was in a lane reserved for vehicles carrying at least two people, which she does not dispute.
But the young woman had pleaded with the policeman, in vain, that her unborn child was indeed a person in the eyes of the law since the Supreme Court of the United States had reversed the judgment a few days earlier which guaranteed the right to abortion at the federal level, leaving this decision in the hands of each state.
The policeman asked,
is there anyone else in the car?she said in an interview with CNN.
I pointed at my belly saying “here, precisely”.
He replied “well, it takes two people outside the body, so it doesn’t count”added Ms. Bottone.
” I was a little shocked and I said to him: “in view of all that has just happened, and I do not want to make a whole political affair of it, you understand that it is a baby” ? »
She decided to challenge this fine in court.
The Texas Penal Code, like many other conservative states, recognizes a fetus or unborn child as a
nobody. However, this does not seem to be the case with the laws governing transport.
Even before the Supreme Court decision, Texas, through legal sleight of hand, last September banned all abortions from around six weeks of pregnancy upon detection of cardiac activity in the child. ’embryo.